Morrisburg ON – A visit today to Upper Canada Village is a shock. The Rose Garden has been cleared away. Between sixty and a hundred mature trees have disappeared. Stumps mark the spots where they flourished before.
As a result, what was once beautiful parkland in keeping with the Village’s 19th century rural-agricultural setting is now bare grassland scarred by tree stumps.
The rationale for taking out the Rose Garden and so many trees was, apparently, to open a vista from the road to the Crysler Memorial atop a rise overlooking the St. Lawrence River. However, the Crysler Memorial was already clearly visible from the road.
This begs a number of questions: On whose authority did such destruction take place? For what purpose? Why have the tree stumps, several of them sprouting new growth, been left in place? What does the St. Lawrence Parks Commission have in mind to do next?
One can only speculate, and speculation is not comforting where the destruction is so naked and unwarranted.
PJ & Rosalind Robertson – Morrisburg ON
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